Dr. John Smith, senior health services advisor for Fieldale Farms, was named USPOULTRY’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE).

The poultry industry’s most esteemed honor is awarded annually in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the Association and poultry industry.

Smith was “collared” with the long-established horse collar by 2016 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Elton Maddox, president and CEO of Wayne Farms and past USPOULTRY chairman. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque by Paul Hill, West Liberty Foods, Ellsworth, Iowa, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman.

“We are honored to recognize Dr. Smith with this special award and acknowledge his many contributions to the poultry industry and the association. We are deeply appreciative of his enthusiastic and tireless efforts on behalf of the association and the industry,” remarked Hill.


Smith holds a DVM in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia, as well as a master of science in medical microbiology and a master of avian medicine in poultry medicine from the University of Georgia. He also holds a professional recognition of diplomate by examination for the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and a Diplomate by examination for the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, from the University of Georgia. Smith joined Fieldale Farms in 1991 and is currently senior health services advisor. He is responsible for preventative and restorative poultry health programs, which includes health programs for pullets, breeders, hatcheries, broilers and processing. Prior to joining Fieldale Farms, Smith was an associate professor at Colorado State University. Smith is also member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Avian Pathologists, Poultry Science Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and U.S. Animal Health Association.

Smith served on the USPOULTRY Foundation Research Advisory Committee for 16 years, the last 10 of which he served as chairman. He has also participated numerous times on many USPOULTRY committees, including the Poultry Health Seminar program committee, Poultry Care and Handling Workshop program committee and IPE Education Program planning committee, in addition to others throughout the years. Smith is also a 2004 USPOULTRY Lamplighter Award recipient for sustained and exemplary service to the poultry and egg industry.

“John is just one of those individuals, through his volunteerism, who has had not only a tremendous impact on USPOULTRY, but the industry as a whole. Needless to say, we are most grateful to him,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY.